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HalloWine Weekend

bloodywineWith Halloween upon us next week, there are plenty plenty of upcoming spooky events for us all to enjoy, including all the witches, ghouls, goblins and ghosts out there (who I’m certain drink wine …especially deep, dark reds).

Haunted Hotel Halloween Party at the Hotel Paradox
Haute & Howl-o-ween Barbecue
Ruby Hill Winery’s Halloween Party
Evening of Wine & Roses
Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
Au Midi Harvest Dinner

Haunted Hotel Halloween Party at the Hotel Paradox
The Hotel Paradox in Downtown Santa Cruz is calling on all creatures of the night to join it for a Halloween Scare featuring the Soft White Sixties and Stomping Grounds bands. The fun starts at 8:30 p.m. and continues until 1 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $25 and include two drink tickets, access to dessert buffet, dancing and DJ. Visit thehotelparadox.com or call 425-7100 for more information.

Haute & Howl-o-ween Barbecue
The Haute Enchilada in Moss Landing is doing a benefit barbecue for the Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, including a dog costume contest. The event is from 12:30-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 and tickets are $35 inclusive with a no-host bar. Visit hauteenchilada.com or call 633-5843 for more information.

Ruby Hill Winery’s Halloween Party
You might want to stay overnight in the area if you go to Ruby Hill Winery’s Halloween Party in Pleasanton. The event is from 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. Tickets are $30 which includes two glasses of wine, a Greek-themed dinner, music and dancing—with awards for best costumes. Visit rubyhillwinery.net for more information.

Evening of Wine & Roses
I’m certain that pumpkins, bales of straw and other Halloween accoutrements will still be out the day after Halloween for an Evening of Wine & Roses—a wonderful event sponsored by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association and a fundraiser for the Pajaro Valley Health Trust. Taste fine wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains, sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, bid on hundreds of silent and live auction items, and enjoy bouquets of locally grown roses. The event will be held at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. Prepaid tickets are $60 and limited at-the-door tickets are $70. Visit pvhealthtrust.org or call 761-5639 for information.

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
Go trick or treating on the wharf and stop off in one of the splendid restaurants for a [vampire] bite or two. Try a glass of wine at Vino Prima wine bar—No. 55 at the end of the wharf. Ask for something red and enjoy the “killer” view.

Au Midi Harvest Dinner
If you want to avoid witches on broomsticks and simply enjoy a mouth-watering four-course harvest dinner prepared by French chef Muriel Loubiere and paired with the beautiful wines of Windy Oaks, then head to Au Midi in Aptos on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Visit aumidi.com for more information.

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